H.R. 397: Do Your Job Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jan 23, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 397

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 23, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To prohibit the disbursement of funds for salaries and expenses of the offices of Members and committees of Congress and to hold the salaries of Members of Congress in escrow if Congress does not adopt a concurrent resolution on the budget on or before May 15 of each year, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Do Your Job Act .

2.

Prohibiting disbursement of funds for salaries and expenses of Member and committee offices if congress fails to adopt budget resolution

(a)

Salaries and expenses of offices

(1)

Prohibition

If on or before May 15 of any year Congress does not adopt a concurrent resolution on the budget for the fiscal year that begins on October 1 of that year, no funds may be disbursed for the salaries and expenses (including travel expenses) of any of the offices described in subsection (b) until Congress adopts a concurrent resolution on the budget for that fiscal year.

(2)

Treatment of member salaries

Paragraph (1) does not apply to funds disbursed for the salary of any Member of Congress, which shall be subject to escrow in accordance with section 3.

(b)

Offices described

The offices described in this subsection are as follows:

(1)

The office of any Member of Congress.

(2)

The office of any standing, select, or joint committee of Congress.

(3)

An office of the House of Representatives for which the appropriation for salaries and expenses of the office for the year involved is provided under the heading House Leadership Offices in the act making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year involved (in addition to any office of a Member of Congress referred to in paragraph (1)).

(4)

The offices of the President pro Tempore, Majority and Minority Leaders, Majority and Minority Whips, Conferences of the Majority and of the Minority, and Majority and Minority Policy Committees of the Senate (in addition to any office of a Member of Congress referred to in paragraph (1)).

3.

Holding salaries of members of congress in escrow if congress fails to adopt budget resolution

(a)

Escrow

If on or before May 15 of any year Congress does not adopt a concurrent resolution on the budget for the fiscal year that begins on October 1 of that year, the Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit all payments otherwise required to be made for the compensation of Members of Congress in an escrow account, and shall release such payments to the Members only upon the adoption by Congress of a concurrent resolution on the budget for that fiscal year.

(b)

Withholding and remittance of amounts from payments held in escrow

The Secretary of the Treasury shall provide for the same withholding and remittance with respect to a payment deposited in an escrow account under subsection (a) that would apply to the payment if the payment were not subject to subsection (a).

(c)

Coordination with House and Senate

The Secretary of the Treasury shall enter into such agreements with the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate as may be necessary to carry out this section.

4.

Member of Congress Defined

In this Act, the term Member of Congress means an individual serving in a position under subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31).

5.

Effective date

This Act shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2014 and each succeeding fiscal year.